Vera Bradley Designs, Inc. is an American design company best known for its soft, brightly patterned bags. The Fort Wayne, Indiana company produces a variety of products, including quilted cotton luggage, handbags and accessories. There are more than 3500 retailers of Vera Bradley and stand alone Vera Bradley stores. The company currently provides work for over 900 people through subcontracting as well as direct employment.
Neighbors Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia Miller started this company in 1982 with five hundred dollars out of Miller's garage. The name comes from Baekgaard's mother, Vera. In three years, the company expanded into a multi-million dollar company. Miller and Baekgaard were awarded with Entrepreneur of the Year in 1987.